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Arsonist attacks Newcastle striker Andy Carroll's car

The damage to Andy Carroll's car
Image caption The car is being examined by a police forensics team

A car belonging to Newcastle striker Andy Carroll was targeted in an arson attack outside the Northumberland home of club captain Kevin Nolan.

The incident happened on Wednesday, three days after a court ordered the 21-year-old to live with Mr Nolan.

Mr Carroll had appeared before magistrates charged with assaulting his former girlfriend Laurie Henderson.

No-one was hurt in the arson attack. Newcastle United declined to comment on the incident.

Andy Carroll is living with the Newcastle captain on the exclusive Darras Hall estate in Ponteland as part of his bail conditions.

Police said they were called after the pair spotted Carroll's chrome-plated Range Rover on fire on the drive.

A garage door was also daubed with graffiti.

A Northumbria force spokeswoman said: "Police received a report from the fire and rescue service of a fire outside an address in Darras Hall.

"Officers attended and a Range Rover was found to be on fire.

"The fire was extinguished by the fire and rescue service and no-one was injured.

"The garage door of the property was also vandalised.

"Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them."

A spokeswoman for Newcastle United said the club would not comment as the incident was being investigated by the police.

Mr Carroll appeared before Tynedale Magistrates on Monday charged with assaulting 18-year-old Miss Henderson on 17 October.

He was bailed until a further hearing in January, and the court was told he would claim self-defence.

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